Willy Wonka was the owner of a whimsical chocolate factory from the novel "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" by Roald Dahl, and the book later became a movie called "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" in 1971, and another adaptation of the book's original title was released in 2005. The eccentric Willy Wonka had a factory in which everything inside was edible and mostly made from candy. Use this sweet theme as a starting point for a child's birthday party.
In both the movies and book, the only way to get into the Wonka chocolate factory was with by finding one of five golden tickets hidden in chocolate bars sent around the world. Use this idea to make your own "golden ticket" invitations. Draw a ticket onto a piece of brightly coloured paper and write "Golden Ticket Admit One to ___'s Willy Wonka Birthday Party". Include on the ticket other specifications of the party, such as location, date, time and contact number for the R.S.V.P. Insert each finished ticket between the paper and foil wrappers of Wonka brand chocolate bars. Though the character is fictional, a company makes candy under the same name. These can be found using the product locator on the Wonka website.
Turn your home or backyard into a candy wonderland. Cover styrofoam shapes with brightly coloured cling film. Opt for large balls or disk shapes to resemble wrapped candies. Insert a long dowel into the side of a styrofoam disk and wrap the disk with cling film to make a lollipop decoration.
Staple the ends of plastic wrapped candies together to create a garland and drape it over a doorway, tape it on the side of a table, or hang it in a tree for an edible, decorative treat. For a centrepiece, make a "gingerbread" house, substituting chocolate bars for the gingerbread. Change the colour scheme to the birthday child's favourite colours rather than traditional holiday colours and serve it as dessert along with the cake.
Play games using candy to keep with the theme of Willy Wonka's chocolate factory. In the first movie, Willy Wonka had geese that laid golden eggs made of solid chocolate. Hold an egg hunt and colour one of the eggs gold, or use a plastic gold-coloured egg. The child who finds the golden egg wins a special prize, such as a large chocolate bar.
Challenge the children at the party to a bubblegum blowing contest. The winner will be the child who blows the largest bubble with her gum. This should remind them of the Violet Beauregard character from the book and movie who continually chewed gum.
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